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Don Mullen: Zuma's petty bid to humiliate Tutu flies in the face of all Madiba stood for

Don Mullen

Published 11/12/2013 | 23:33

Archbishop Desmond Tutu greets former President Mary Robinson.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu greets former President Mary Robinson.

The heavens wept from start to finish but for a short lull around 3.30pm. It was not the conditions President Jacob Zuma might have hoped for with the greatest ever gathering of the world's who's who in town to pay their final respects to Madiba. Satellite stadia had been primed for the expected overflow crowd, but the torrential rain and the fact that no national holiday had been called resulted in a half full FNB Stadium.

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And then, when the cameras focused on the South African president and projected his image on to two giant screens -- the boos were embarrassing and surely for His Excellency Jacob Zuma, mortifying.

There was one noticeable absence from the official programme, and it was so glaring a blind person would have spotted it a mile away.

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